Bath: Sauna Roundup
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Things have come a long way since the oldest Finnish saunas, which date back hundreds of years and were essentially holes dug into the ground. Here is a roundup of inviting saunas worldwide. Above: In Montreal, Bota Bota is an old ferryboat from the 1950s that Sid Lee Architecture renovated into a Scandinavian spa. Above: “Our team set out to re-create an environment reminiscent of an ocean-liner voyage, even though the ship would remain at dock, contemplating the Montreal skyline and the river,” says project design architect Jean Pelland of Sid Lee Architecture. Above: Sauna in Wingårdhs Mill House in Västra Karup, Sweden. Above: Klafs Sauna in Hotel Cervo Zermatt in Switzerland. Above: The sauna at the Herb House Spa at the Limewood Hotel in Hampshire, England. Above: Six Senses Spas at Hotel Arts Barcelona, overlooking the Mediterranean. Above: Salt & Sill , a floating hotel located off the west coast of Sweden, has 6 buildings, including its own sauna boat. Above: The sauna boat is available for rent in case you want to throw a private sauna party. Above: The sauna of a private home, located on the Stockholm archipelago, by local architects Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff . Above: The view from within the sauna. Above: The Floating Sauna in Norway was designed by Finnish architects Casagrande Laboratory and Rintala Eggertsson in cooperation with the Västlands Art Academy. You get to the sauna by rowboat. Above: Simple seating made of pine. Above: In early saunas, rocks were heated in a fireplace and water was thrown on the rocks to create steam; here, a small wood-burning stove heats things up.